Toyota, Ford Part Ways on Hybrid System Collaboration


  • 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Picture

    2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Picture

    Ford, which sells the Ford Fusion Hybrid, is working on a new rear-wheel-drive hybrid system to boost its hybrid offerings. | July 24, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • Toyota and Ford said they have parted ways when it comes to a partnership to develop hybrid systems for pickup trucks and SUVs.
  • Ford said it is moving forward with the development of a rear-wheel-drive hybrid system on its own.
  • Toyota reaffirmed its commitment to hybrids and said the two automakers "have agreed to develop hybrid systems individually."

DETROIT — Toyota and Ford said they have parted ways when it comes to a partnership to develop hybrid systems for pickup trucks and SUVs.

Ford said it is moving forward with the development of a rear-wheel-drive hybrid system on its own.

Toyota reaffirmed its commitment to hybrids and said the two automakers "have agreed to develop hybrid systems individually."

The two companies will continue to work together on standards for in-car technology and communications systems.

Ford said its rear-wheel-drive hybrid system will be available by the end of the decade and will be based on a new architecture to "deliver the capability truck and SUV customers demand while providing greater fuel economy."

"By continuing to develop a rear-wheel-drive hybrid system on our own, we can extend our advanced hybrid technologies to new vehicle segments and deliver even better fuel economy across our lineup," said Raj Nair, Ford's global product development chief, in a statement.

Toyota noted that it remains on track to offer 18 new or redesigned hybrid models globally by the end of 2015.

The Toyota and Ford partnership was unusual in that it was brokered by Ford CEO Alan Mulally and Toyota President Akio Toyoda.

The two companies are fierce competitors in the hybrid market, with Toyota dominating sales with its Toyota Prius and Ford offering products such as the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Ford C-Max.

Edmunds says: The two competitors strike out on their own in this area, but consumers can expect more unique hybrid offerings from each in the future.

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